Missing toilets found in Stellenbosch

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Johannesburg - Mobile toilets thought to have been stolen at the Kayamandi informal settlement have been found, the Stellenbosch municipality said on Sunday.

“We can gladly report that all the missing toilets were found in between other shacks in the area,” said mayor Conrad Sidego.

The municipality provided the mobile toilets on Friday after a fire ripped through the informal settlement, leaving about 3 000 people homeless.

Earlier, Sidego told the Weekend Argus that looters have made off with the mobile toilets meant for the homeless.

He told the newspaper that 30 mobile toilets were made available on Friday, but that only five remained by Saturday.

He called on locals to show responsibility, adding that the municipality was “not in the business of fostering a victim mentality”.

Two people were killed when the fire raged through the township.

The municipality said 1 357 shacks were destroyed by the fire and 4 500 people were displaced.

“The victims of the fire will need to be registered. This process concludes this afternoon (Sunday) and this information will be verified thereafter against the municipality's housing data.”

The verification process was expected to produce a final victim list which will in turn activate other social services including the re-issuing of IDs and social grant access cards.

Displaced people have been provided with food.

“Specific attention is given to babies, children, people with disabilities and the elderly in the municipality's relief efforts.”

School uniforms were also being purchased for children affected by the fire. - Sapa


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